|Subway continued its expansion in 2007 with some notable milestones. By the end of the year, the Subway chain added more than 2,000 new franchises, bringing the total of open and operating restaurants past the 28,500 mark. That’s the equivalent of adding more than 2.4 million square feet of retail space with a total of 34 million square feet occupied worldwide.
Milestones for 2007 included reaching 21,000 locations in the U.S. with 1,900 units in California, 1,000 in Illinois and New York, 600 in Virginia, 500 in Tennessee and 300 in the state of Connecticut. Internationally, the Subway chain increased its number of locations to 7,300.
On the non-traditional front—places where you might find a Subway restaurant other than the typical shopping center or mall, such as at airports, grocery stores, hotels, retail stores and train stations—the chain added more than 500 locations around the world. This brought the total number of non-traditional units to more than 6,500, which includes 3,500 Subway restaurants inside convenience stores, 1,400 inside Wal-Mart stores, 250 on college campuses, 230 on military bases and 130 Subway restaurants inside hospitals and medical centers.